After a Contextual Practice I went to my location for its survey, where I planed to make my design , the Embassy of Russia.
I was very motivated and inspired to create Site Service and to analyze the area. What was my first surprise is the way this site was protected, turns out its illegal to take pictures of the Embassy. when I first saw the building it self I was surprised to see an 1846 building, initially it was a part of the Kensington Palace Gardens project but compared to there rest of the buildings located there it was ordered to build detached by T. H. Wyatt and D. Brandon,(unfortunately the original design was never build)
Nos. 6 and 7 Kensington Palace Gardens Plate 93d In April 1844 Blashfield had obtained the Commissioners' consent to build one detached house here to designs by T. H. Wyatt and D. Brandon, but this house had evidently not been started when he agreed to sell the site for £750 to Joseph Earle of Brixton, a timber merchant. (fn. 27) Subsequently an 'amended plan' for building 'two houses or a double house' on the site, with new designs by Wyatt and Brandon, was submitted by Blashfield, on Earle's behalf, in July 1844 and approved by the Commissioners in August. (fn. 28) (fn. 1) The carcase of the building was completed by February 1845 and in March separate leases were granted to Earle at an annual rent of £40 for each house. (fn. 29) While work was in progress a number of alterations to the architects' designs were approved by the Commissioners, including the addition of 'an enriched parapet to surmount the cornice along the whole line of the front'. (fn. 30) Both houses were finished by April 1846. (fn. 30) Earle himself was the first occupant of No. 6 where he lived from 1846 to 1856. No. 7 was first occupied in 1847 by Anselmo de Arroyave, a Spanish-born merchant. (fn. 22) The front of Nos. 6 and 7 is a pleasant, wellmannered, symmetrical composition in the Italianate style, crowned by the 'enriched parapet' (of unusual star-shaped design), the dies of which were formerly surmounted by statuary. Both houses are face with stucco and were originally of three storeys over basements, the fourth storey of No. 7 being added in 1863 from the designs of D. Brandon. (fn. 31) The entrances are on the north and south sides, within porches. The interiors have been much altered.
On the site survey workshop we had to come in groups and analyze the the area around Archway, unfortunately it's not the location where I want to put my design in but the exercise gave me a great understanding of what I have do for site analysis in future and for my current project. Me and my peers went to the Waterlow park, the area around was very busy and what is interesting is that the park is located over hills and at the bottom is the archway are where normal Londoners live but as you go to the top up the hill to the Highgate village, you cans that citizens with higher income live there.
We visited park on the 3 of December at 12.30 pm
Archway N19, Waterlow Park , Northern London, South East England
What we all noticed is that even though the park is located in the middle of the city the second you enter noice decrease and you start hearing birds and dogs. In the area there are a lot of children, some are on the playground that is located closer to the exit, some are with parent. walking around, pace gives off a very safe and secure feeling.
Neighborhood: Park is surrounded by and next to Town center ,cafes, private business, hospital, school not visible from high-street. Suburban , residential area.
Zoning & Size : Park is located over Archway and Highgate, stretching up the hill towards more elite residential area.
Natural & Physical features: Hills , human made two lakes , lots of vegetation, plants and trees common for the climate.
Manmade features: Playground, statuses , outdoor staircase, cafes and summer lunges , benches
Communications: Heavy trafic, pedestrian and cyclist roads, bus ways and tube.
Climate: Fairly cold (on the day we visited) windy and moist air.
How it feels: Outside of the park it feels very loud and full of action and people even around residential houses, buzzing people and a lot of noice from vehicles (cars, bus, cyclists ) sounds of construction work. In the park it is completely calm and quite , green spaces and peaceful atmosphere.
Culture: range of ethnics, high employment, safe area, students.
I did primary research over the weekend and had some idea related to what out topic was about, I see this project brief as more of a concept based project, as I started my research with entires and doors I was thinking about the gap or the passage that one crosses. During the lecture I was more driven to Political concept as Sarah talked about Tramp and threshold he created I thought about Communism and post communism time how Soviet Union was ended and what gap it left in Russian history. I started researching Thresholds in Communism time and damage of Iron curtain.
I was introduced to the Site Survey and the importance of analysing data. There are two types of site analysis 'Soft data' when collected information can be changed and "Hard data" information that cant be changed as climate, legal documents, infrastructure and surroundings.
Note to my self:
- start from computer , upload maps to Digimaps (1000*2600 size)
- taking pictures (how site/location changes from day t night /do a time line)
- areal photo (google earth) (design lines are where people cut through ways)
- show location in relationship to main sites around (city centre/ coast/road)
- be creative in communication but consistent /build a language to communicate
- communicate the sun paths (where you build in relation to sun)
- think about air circulation
Right to Light - consultant
- protect neighbors right to light (one level buildings)
- affect the venue of the building
- affects dence residental areas
SOVIET UNION POSTERS
Introduction to place Thresholds
As a main concept I was thinking of making an elevated pavilion that could take many different forms an be turned into a playground/ restaurant/ gallery or a leisure place. I will be designed to move the pedestrian from the ground up where the air will be less polluted and leave the ground for private vehicles and public transport. I will continue to develop my design for Dence City project around Old St. location.
INTRUDUCTION TO PLACE THRESHOLDS
The project brief we got is very complicated I would say it's the hardest I faced so far on foundation, for primary research I'm taking a lot of photographs of doors entries paths where light shows the way, I'm also looking in to key holes since threshold os a transition between places , situations ,times.